17 Jul 2017

'Mission: Impossible' star Martin Landau dies

1:37 pm on 17 July 2017

Martin Landau, a star of the 1960s television series Mission: Impossible who made a late-career comeback with an Academy Award-winning performance in the 1994 film Ed Wood, died on Saturday at age 89, his publicist said on Sunday.

Actor Martin Landau, known for 1994's 'Ed Wood' and Hitchcock's 'North by Northwest', has died, age 89.

Martin Landau at the Vanity Fair Oscars party earlier in 2017. Photo: AFP

Landau died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles from unexpected complications during a short hospitalization for an undisclosed illness, publicist Dick Guttman said in a statement.

Landau won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his portrayal of horror movie star Bela Lugosi in the Tim Burton film Ed Wood.

He had been nominated for an Academy Award twice before, first for his performance in Francis Coppola's Tucker and again for Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors.

- Reuters